July 17, 2019

F-35 Joins Philippines’ Training Exercise for 1st Time

F-35

The military exercise in the Philippines, Balikatan, has begun with US and Australian troops participating. For the first time, F-35B Lightning IIs join the training in Southeast Asia.

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Md. Native Nominated to Be USMC Commandant

USMC commandant

Maryland native Lt. Gen. David H. Berger has been nominated to serve as the 38th commandant of the US Marine Corps. The appointment is pending Senate confirmation.

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Enduring American Naval Power: US Imperative

Enduring American Naval Power: US Imperative

Under Secretary of the Navy Modly argues that today’s liberties and prosperity remain dependent upon free and navigable seas across the globe and that US naval power is essential to maintaining the safety and accessibility of ocean routes.

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DoD Transfers $1B to Border Wall, Seeks $600M to Address $9B in Hurricane Damage

border wall

The Pentagon has asked Congress to move $600 million to begin addressing $9 billion in hurricane damage to Air Force and Marine bases, but did not ask congressional permission before transferring $1 billion from homeland security to start the US Army Corps of Engineers planning a US southern border wall.

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Who Has the Highest Share of High-Tech Jobs in US?

Restoration Advisory Board

A recent study reveals the top areas across the US known for their output of high-tech products and services. No. 1 is California-Lexington Park, MD, with the highest share of high-tech jobs.

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Navy Estimates $40B a Year to Maintain New Fleet

7th Fleet

The US Navy unveils plans to get to a 355-ship fleet two decades more quickly. The service also outlines a rough estimate of $40 billion a year to maintain that fleet.

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DoD Seeks Health Data Related to Military Housing

military housing

DoD looking to collect data on health issues alleged to come from military housing rife with mold, rodents, and lead.

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Nebraska’s Flooding Overwhelms Offutt Air Force Base

Offutt

Floodwaters overwhelm one-third of Offutt Air Force Base, swamping dozens of buildings, much of the flight line, and prompted the evacuation of nine aircraft.

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China Is Biggest Exporter of Combat Drones

combat drones

China is now the biggest exporter of combat drones, with the Middle East among the main recipients.

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Deteriorating Propeller Blades Ground C-130s

Safety Stand Down

The Air Force grounded 60 C-130H Hercules aircraft after a review found their pre-1971 propeller blades could be susceptible to dangerous cracking. Five of those C-130s have had their blades replaced and returned to flying status.

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